I've got a Geforce GTX 660Ti
It's been running fine for 5-6 weeks. Today I launched Left4Dead2 and got 7-8 FPS (usually a rock solid 300 even at the busiest moments).
In case of driver/software issues, I reinstalled Steam, applied all outstanding windows updates, reinstalled the graphics driver (clean install) and finally (after validating local files) reinstalled L4D2.
Now, I've got a slew of problems...
Looking at the event viewer, provides a number of problems associated with the crash...
Faulting application name: Skype.exe, version: 126.96.36.199, time stamp: 0x51c414b3 Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.1.7601.18229, time stamp: 0x51fb1116 Exception code: 0x80000003 Fault offset: 0x00013219 Faulting process id: 0x748 Faulting application start time: 0x01cec5fcd7006ca4 Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe Faulting module path: C:\Windows\syswow64\KERNELBASE.dll Report Id: 73d21ec0-31f3-11e3-abde-1c6f65cec842
Faulting application name: left4dead2.exe, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x52262a0b Faulting module name: tier0.dll, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x52262908 Exception code: 0xc0000417 Fault offset: 0x00022264 Faulting process id: 0x23cc Faulting application start time: 0x01cec60004dfe146 Faulting application path: D:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Left 4 Dead 2\left4dead2.exe Faulting module path: D:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Left 4 Dead 2\bin\tier0.dll Report Id: 475ab7b2-31f3-11e3-abde-1c6f65cec842
Faulting application name: NVMonitor.exe, version: 188.8.131.52, time stamp: 0x48a9a323 Faulting module name: unknown, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x00000000 Exception code: 0xc0000005 Fault offset: 0x0000000200000000 Faulting process id: 0x1200 Faulting application start time: 0x01cec5feb3eb4ce7 Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\NVIDIA System Monitor\NVMonitor.exe Faulting module path: unknown Report Id: fbfc9425-31f1-11e3-abde-1c6f65cec842
How can I diagnose what is causing the problem? Is it definitely a graphics card problem?
So.... Turns out that when developing an app which uses DirectX, I flipped DirectX into debug mode to track down a problem. Debug mode gives detailed information when something goes wrong, but it is extremely slow and many optimizations are disabled.
Since I'd forgotten to swap it back, some apps (OpenGL based) ran perfectly, some ran slowly (L4D2) and some just failed entirely, presumably because they were relying on an implementation detail that was different when debugging.
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